The roof’s age is a crucial factor, and something that your roofer will want to know. Today, we talk about the importance of knowing your roof’s age and how to figure it out if you don’t.
All types of roofs are expected to last a certain number of years and is usually a good place to start if one were to estimate a roof’s age. A standard asphalt shingle that’s well-maintained is expected to last 20 to 30 years while metal roofs can last up to 50. Wear and tear is expected of every roof. The older they are, the closer they are to needing replacement.
Roofing contractors ask for the roof’s age because it can help quickly determine the roof’s condition and the best way to address the roof’s issues. Repairs that can be done to a relatively new roof may not be practical for a roof that’s nearing the end of its service life and may be a temporary solution at best.
How to Determine Your Roof’s Age
As a homeowner, knowing your roof’s age can help you make informed decisions when deciding whether you should proceed with repairs or get a new roof. If you do not know how old your roof is off the top of your head, there are a few ways it can be determined.
Roofing documentation: If you’re not your home’s first owner, you may have received documentation regarding the roof. The original roof replacement contract, a copy of the receipt, the building permit or the transferable warranty coverage should have information about when the roof was completed.
Past communication: Texts and emails between you and your roofing contractor may clue you in on when the roof was completed. Some emails may have copies of your roofing contract or other related documentation.
The previous owners: If you still have communication with the previous owners, they may have the information or documentation you need. They may also refer you to the original roofing contractor, who may have records of the original installation.
Failing all of the above, you can have your roof inspected by a trusted local roof repair contractor like Quality Assurance Roofing. Give us a call at (479) 279-8500 or (417) 799-7889. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Fayetteville, AR, and the surrounding communities.